OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Saying he respects the homosexual and lesbian group, Minnesota ahead Andrew Wiggins tried Wednesday to make clear feedback he made about Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder guard Dennis Schroder’s habits throughout a heated sport.
Thunder middle Nerlens Noel was taken off the court docket on a stretcher within the third quarter after Wiggins collided with Noel on a dunk try Tuesday night time. Schroder, sad in regards to the play and different incidents, finally was given a technical foul for an altercation with Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague.
After the sport, Wiggins mentioned Schroder’s actions had been unwarranted. In accordance with audio from the locker room, Wiggins appeared to say: “He was simply homosexual. He was performing loopy for no purpose.”
A number of hours later, Wiggins went on Twitter and tried to clarify what he mentioned .
“I’d wish to make clear what I mentioned tonight throughout my submit sport media session. I mentioned: ‘I don’t know what’s unsuitable with him he was simply getting… performing loopy for no purpose,’” he tweeted.
In his subsequent submit, Wiggins mentioned: “I’ve the utmost love and respect for the LGBTQIA group and I might by no means use any time period to disrespect them in anyway.”
The general public feedback had been made after a aggressive sport, throughout which Noel was injured.
On the dunk try, Noel took an elbow within the face as Wiggins went up, and Noel’s head hit the bottom arduous . A foul was referred to as on Noel. The play was reviewed, and no further fouls had been referred to as. Noel was down for a number of minutes earlier than being taken from the court docket. Gamers from each groups jawed at one another whereas Noel was on the bottom.
Thunder coach Billy Donovan mentioned after the sport that Noel was taken to the College of Oklahoma’s OU Medical Middle. He didn’t provide particulars on the harm.
Wiggins mentioned he didn’t imply to harm Noel.
“I simply tried to make an aggressive transfer and dunk,” Wiggins mentioned. “He tried to contest it. I feel he fell unsuitable. I didn’t actually see it till I noticed him on the bottom. Hopefully, he’s good. I hope nothing however the perfect for him. I hope he will get wholesome quickly and comes again stronger.”
The skirmish between Schroder and Teague got here a couple of minutes after the collision. Two technicals had been referred to as on Teague and he was ejected.
Minnesota received the sport 119-117.
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